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June 2, 2012 10:38:49 PM

This will be my first built. I don't have any experience but have been reading a lot for the last year or so. I already prepare my project, but I would like to know if there is any bottleneck or I could save some money with a different choice.

Thanks in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: Beginning of July, 2012.

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Budget Range: Around US$2000.

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System Usage from Most to Least Important: I am taking a PhD right now and I am building this computer mostly for research. Basically, I write a lot of programs in C++ and whenever is possible I use OpenMP for parallel computing. I want eyefinity because very often I'm writing something in Latex, running some code (possibly with some figures) and with a web browser open. That's why I want a video card that I can connect 3 monitors. If possible I also want to connect a 3d TV. Gaming is not a priority, but for sure I will also use the pc for gaming :D  .

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Parts Not Required: I need everything :( .

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Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I like newegg.com. But it is not like I need to buy from them.

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Country: PA - USA

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Parts Preferences: Here it is what I have in mind.

Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E ($499.99)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Mother Board: ASRock X79 Extreme3 LGA 2011 ($209.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 ($179.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDMI adapter for eyefinity: POWERCOLOR Video Adapter ACTIVE Mini DisplayPort to DVI-D Interface ($24.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd Black 21.5" 5ms LED Backlight ($119.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 ($114.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Plextor M3 Series PX-128M3 2.5" 128GB SATA III ($129.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD3200AZRX 320GB ($74.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer ($79.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W ($174.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED ($73.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory Cooler: G.SKILL FTB-3500C5-D Fans ($14.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blu-Ray Burner: LG Black Blu-ray Burner WH14NS40 - OEM ($79.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kerboard: Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard RK-9000 with Cherry MX Blue Switch ($79.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mice: COOLER MASTER CM Storm Xornet ($29.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Web Cam: Logitech C310H USB 2.0 HD ($39.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Overclocking: Yes, the CPU and the memory. I am not planning to overclock the video card.

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SLI or Crossfire: Not sure.

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Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

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Additional Comments: Everything now is about $2170. So if you can help me to get it in $2000 would be great!
Before my choice was the Intel Core i7-3770K instead of the Intel Core i7-3930K. It would save me some money. What do you guys think in terms of performance? The difference would be too much? I prefer the Core i7-3930K because it has 6 cores.

Thanks for the help,

Bruno.
June 2, 2012 10:52:40 PM

The proformance increase is there but minimal. With that you can bring down the cost of your CPU and Motherboard. You might want to go down to the i5 3570k and put the money towards the video card.
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CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 2, 2012 11:08:21 PM

I would suggest the Crucial M4 its a faster ssd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everything else is fine
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June 2, 2012 11:34:42 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9lLp

if you prefer some more silence, you can get 2 fractal silent series for the h80 cooler. the stock fans are jet engines.

this is micro-atx so you can save some space.

the mushkin chronos deluxe will give you much more speed than most drives and lots of storage for cheap

if you dont need windows 7 pro, jut get the regular
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June 2, 2012 11:35:35 PM

logan77 said:
The proformance increase is there but minimal. With that you can bring down the cost of your CPU and Motherboard. You might want to go down to the i5 3570k and put the money towards the video card.
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CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Do you think it worth? Because gaming is my least priority. I am afraid if I do what you say I will end up with a great gaming pc but not that good for my research :(  .


Xlerator said:
I would suggest the Crucial M4 its a faster ssd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everything else is fine


Looks good. But the one I put has $30 rebate. But if it is faster I will consider, I also don't know if I can trust in the rebate.
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June 2, 2012 11:36:18 PM

Pro helps when you are using more than 16Gb of RAM.
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June 10, 2012 11:48:13 PM

Best answer selected by brunost.
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